Coming up next – Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018 – 12th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

5:30pm to 7:30pm
Legislative Office Building Atrium
300 Capitol Ave. Hartford, CT


Traditional Dragon Dance by

Chinese Language School of Greater Hartford


The Chinese Language School (CLS) is a non-profit organization that aspires to extend the Chinese language and culture to the Connecticut and Massachusetts community. We meet at Trinity College on Sundays and Offer a variety of language and cultural programs for all ages and abilities. Since the inception of the CLS in 1980, students of all ages have benefited from our enriching classes and activities. At the CLS, students will:

  • Learn to speak, read, and write Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified).
  • Experience an enjoyable and safe learning environment.
  • Attend culture-enriching classes such as kung fu, traditional Chinese folk dancing, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese chess, arts & crafts, and more.

This School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.




Bhangra Performance by

P&P Dance Crew

P&P Dance Crew is committed to sharing the beauty of Indian Dance with children and adults. We focus on teaching Indian dance styles such as Bollywood, Folk, and Semi-Classical, and work to present these styles in a fun and energetic way. We strive to spread the knowledge of Indian culture through dance. We also look towards creating a sense of community within our students and our crew. We have the finest instructors, high quality performances, and a lasting commitment to our students!





Delicious food to be catered by

East-West Grille
526 New Park Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110

The East-West Grille is an experience of Eastern culture in a Western setting. Being one of the few Asian restaurants in Connecticut which specializes in Laotian food, the East-West Grille brings an exciting new combination of traditional and “fusion” dishes from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, & China. Traditional Asian and American breakfast is served. The East-West Grille presents a unique cultural marriage.

The vibrant presentation and attention to detail, including a variety of color and use of aesthetics in garnish, make the food at East-West a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Laos and Thailand are located in Southeast Asia, sharing the same border and similar cultures. The unique texture of Thai food comes from the precise balance of five flavors contained within each dish: spicy, sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The art of preparing Thai food lies within this balance, making it unlike any other culture’s cuisine. Laotian food is similar to the cuisine of its sister country, though somewhat tamer, and more country-styled. A traditional Laotian meal is served with glutinous sticky-rice, rolled into a ball by hand and dipped into the accompanying sauce of the main dish.

The belief that everything we do must begin with the highest commitment to excellence. We provide every customers, with our signature quality food, combined with superior customer service. We offer the finest in gourmet cuisine, elegantly prepared.


The 12th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration is sponsored by


Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association







“The Immigrant Story”

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From: Sankar Raman <>
Date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:10 AM
Subject: Our Diversity Is Our Strength: A photo contest telling the story of Immigrants in our community


To highlight the diversity and strength of our community, “The Immigrant Story” is hosting a photography contest to address an issue that is prevalent in our country today: xenophobia. The contest, open from February 1 through April 30, 2018, welcomes submissions of photographs that depict the stories of immigrants who have added to our diverse cultural landscape.

Please see the attached flyer for details on the contest.

Please visit our site for more details –

This project aims to increase empathy, show support to immigrant communities that have been under attack recently, and remind us all that generations of immigrants have helped to define this country and make it stronger.

There are many ways you can help with this project. Some ideas are:

  • Spread the word about this contest by sharing with your colleagues, family and


  • Share the contest information on social media.
  • If you want to get involved in The Immigrant Story project, please refer to the

opportunities at The Immigrant Story.


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The surprising influence of the Chinese zodiac


Sep 20, 2016 

Whether or not you believe in it, the zodiac system is a useful way to understand Chinese culture, says writer ShaoLan Hsueh.

Do you know your Chinese zodiac sign? According to tradition, it reveals more than simply your age — it’s a window into your personality, career, love prospects, and future good (or bad) fortune. For ShaoLan Hsueh (TED Talk: The Chinese zodiac, explained), the zodiac isn’t scientific truth, but teaching it is a fun way to achieve her real goal: to help the Western world develop a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. (She’s also created Chineasy, a visual learning system for Chinese.) Here, she dives into the history and modern relevance of the zodiac with lively drawings of each sign and its name in Pinyin — that is, the English pronunciation of Chinese characters.

The Chinese zodiac follows the moon (rather than constellations, as in the Greco-Roman zodiac system). It is divided into a 12-year cycle, with a different animal representing each year.“Every child in China, Taiwan and Singapore knows the story of the Chinese zodiac. It’s something they learn from birth,” says ShaoLan. Philosophy is deeply rooted in Chinese culture, and the zodiac, combined with the principles of yin and yang and the five elements, asserts a remarkable influence over people’s decisions and beliefs.

“If you ask people in China if they believe in the zodiac, many will initially say, ‘no, no. We are modern.’ But if you ask them when they want to have children, they’ll say, ‘hey, it’s not a bad idea to have a Dragon baby,’” says ShaoLan. Alibaba’s Jack Ma, she notes, is just such a Dragon baby. But as she says in her talk, “I went through the Forbes top 300 richest people in the world, and it’s interesting to see the most undesirable two animals, the Goat and Tiger, are at the top of the chart, even higher than the Dragon.”

Sometimes, zodiac signs become a quick shorthand. Once you reveal your zodiac sign, the person you’re talking to might start forming opinions on your personality. They’re also likely to start calculating your age. “At university, instead of saying, ‘I’m a freshman,’ it’s very common to say, ‘I’m a pig,’ or ‘I’m a horse,’” says ShaoLan. “Immediately we know the social pecking order in the group.”

As ShaoLan notes in her talk, “the Chinese believe certain animals get on better than the others. So parents choose specific years to give birth to babies, because they believe the team effort by the right combination of animals can give prosperity to families.” These individual family-by-family decisions, she says, “might seem small-scale, but it causes an actual fluctuation in consumer demand and impacts the economy.”


2016 is the Year of the Monkey, and the zodiac year for anyone born in 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, and 1944. Monkeys are clever, creative and mischievous — and this is supposed to be a good year for all. “Even if you don’t believe in it, the zodiac is a fun way to learn more about Chinese culture,” says ShaoLan. “It’s a reminder of how important it is to pay attention to different societies and keep an open mind about our many differences and similarities.”